Peaks, Pots and Primates
Featuring Chatsworth House
Sunday 12th - Thursday 16th August 2018
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £23.75pp
Single supplement: £79
As the title suggests, this brand new tour has something for everyone. Based at the stylish Stoke Moat House Hotel, we will explore the history of the Potteries, visit two National Trust properties and a stately home, with a heritage railway thrown in for good measure.
Your Holiday Hotel
BEST WESTERN PLUS STOKE ON TRENT MOAT HOUSE is a modern hotel based around Etruria Hall, built for Thomas Wedgwood in the 1790s and restored for the Stoke Garden Festival in 1986. It provides excellent facilities and contemporary style décor, and has a leisure club, spa, large restaurant, comfortable bar and lounge. The bedrooms feature free Wi-Fi, comfort cooling, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The Hotel has a lift.
(DAY 1) Sunday 12th August
We travel to the Shugborough Estate on the edge of Cannock Chase. Shugborough is a rare survivor of a complete country estate, with all the major buildings including mansion house, servants’ quarters, working farm and walled garden. After our visit we continue to the Hotel, with time to relax before dinner.
(DAY 2) Monday 13th August
A local guide will join us on the coach to introduce the rich history of the unique city affectionately known as The Potteries. We will take a guided tour at the Gladstone Pottery Museum to discover how the world’s finest bone china was made in coal burning kilns. We will also visit The Potteries Museum, home to the incredible Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. And, of course, we will call at a factory shop for that all-important shopping.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 14th August
A gentle scenic drive through the Peak District to Chatsworth House, one of the finest stately homes in Britain. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth has been passed down through 16 generations. The House has over 30 rooms including the magnificent Painted Hall, and you can explore 105 acres of gardens, water features and sculptures.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 15th August
Today we visit the Churnet Valley Railway for a journey back to the classic days of train travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”. Later we head to the National Trust’s Biddulph Grange Garden. This amazing Victorian garden was created by James Bateman for his collection of plants from around the world. Enjoy the summer bedding displays and stunning Dahlia Walk.
(DAY 5) Thursday 16th August
Before heading for home we will visit the Trentham Monkey Forest. Set in beautiful woodland, it is the only place in the UK where you can actually walk amongst monkeys! There are no cages or bars, with around 140 Barbary Macaques living just as they would in the wild. This amazing experience rounds off the tour, and, after time for lunch at Trentham, we return to Sussex during the afternoon.